Coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

The latest data and analysis on coronavirus (Covid-19) in Northern Ireland and its effect on the economy and society.

Due to the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) we anticipate that there will be some changes in terms of our regular statistical production.

The current disruption could affect the quality of some of our statistics, such as lower accuracy, or it could mean there is less detail available, such as fewer local and regional breakdowns. It may also affect the release times, such as the change in publication time for Market Sensitive Statistics to 7am. This change relates to the Labour Force Report and the Quarterly Employment Survey. In some cases, the production of some data series may need to be suspended. We are looking at how we can move data collection to other modes, such as online or telephone interviewing.

Decisions will be made on a case by case basis, taking into account what information is currently relevant given the situation, with the three pillars of the Code of Practice for Statistics (Trustworthiness, Quality and Value) guiding our decisions. Giving everyone access to statistics at the same time remains a fundamental principle of the Code, but where this cannot be maintained we will be open and transparent about this and any other potential effects on our statistics.

Weekly Deaths

NISRA weekly provisional death statistics, which are based on death registration information collected by the General Register Office, count all deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate by the doctor who certified the death, whether or not Covid-19 was the primary underlying cause of death.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) response relating to post codes of the COVID-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland has been published. Figures relate to deaths mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate, registered up to 29th May 2020.

COVID-19 Deaths and Excess Mortality

The death registration information has also been used to produce additional pieces of analysis relating to the current pandemic.

These include analysis of Covid-19 related deaths, including age-standardised rates of Covid-19 related deaths, provisional statistics on excess mortality (deaths above expected levels), and pre-existing conditions of Covid-19 related deaths, that is, any mention on the death certificate of a condition that pre-dated or was independent of Covid-19. Bulletins provide breakdowns by age, sex and different geographical areas including Local Government Districts, area deprivation and urban/rural residence. 

NISRA also published analyses of equality group, health and socio-demographic characteristics of Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland, looking in particular at disability and religion/religion of upbringing.

International Perceptions of NI's response to COVID-19

A report on the International Perceptions of NI's response to COVID-19 has been published.  This report is based on responses to the Anholt Ipsos Nation Brands Indexsm  Survey,  covering the response to healthcare crises and comfort with travelling to NI in the next 5 years.

NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey

On 20 April 2020, a new NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey designed to measure how the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting peoples’ lives and behaviour in Northern Ireland was launched. NISRA carries out its Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey as a weekly survey with the questionnaire being refreshed every four weeks. Results are published periodically and are based on interviews carried out with members of the public.

Department of Health Daily Dashboard

NISRA statisticians within the Department of Health have introduced a daily dashboard of statistics relating to COVID-19, covering a range of issues of public interest during the pandemic.

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Labour Market

The COVID-19 related analysis page provides links to analysis relating to the impacts of COVID-19 on the NI labour market published in response to user requests or as part of a wider ONS publication.

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economy

The Quarterly Business Survey (QBS) provides early indicators of the output of the Northern Ireland economy. Statistical publications from the QBS include:

Department of Health COVID-19 Statistics

Department of Health have published COVID-19 Health Statistics which include coronavirus related health inequalities, mobility reports and temporary information reports covering Children’s Social Services, Hospital Waiting Times and Emergency Waiting Times. They have also published several one-off management information releases including Admissions to HSC Trust Hospitals

Department of Health have also published findings and analyses from the COVID-19 Infection Survey in Northern Ireland, which includes the latest antibody data for Northern Ireland.

Business Services Organisation COVID-19 Management Information and Experimental statistics on PPE items

Business Services Organisation has published BSO Ad Hoc Analysis covering the impact of COVID-19 on Dental, Ophthalmic and Pharmacy activity. 

Experimental statistics on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which have been issued to the Health and Social Care (HSC) Services in Northern Ireland has been published. The publication presents the latest available number of core PPE items and COVID-19 impacted products which have been delivered by the Procurement and Logistics Service to the HSC system in NI, from the BSO central distribution centre.

Driver and Vehicle Agency Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics

The statistics reported within the Driver and Vehicle Agency Monthly Tests Conducted Statistics include provisional headline volumes of vehicle, driver, and theory tests conducted each month. Trend series from April 2014 onwards are provided for comparison.

Police Recorded Crime in Northern Ireland

PSNI has published an exceptional release presenting Police Recorded Crime Statistics at Northern Ireland level, covering the changes in crime levels experienced since COVID-19 lockdown measures were introduced on 23 March 2020. This bulletin was first published on 6 May with the final bulletin in the series published on 17 June 2020. The monthly update publication schedule, which resumed on Thursday 25 June 2020, will incorporate some aspects from this exceptional release.

Management Information on Domestic abuse calls

PSNI has published an exceptional release presenting Management information on domestic abuse calls received by PSNI since the COVID-19 lockdown measures were introduced on 23 March. The last in the series of exceptional releases on domestic abuse calls received by PSNI will be published on 18 February 2021.

Management information surrounding key benefit areas

Department for Communities has published Management information surrounding key benefit areas impacted by COVID-19, namely Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Discretionary Support.

Management Information relating to Pupil and Workforce Attendance at educational settings

Weekly Management information on attendance in schools in Northern Ireland since the start of the new academic year have been published to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on pupil and workforce attendance.

ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webpage

The latest ONS data and analysis on coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK.

GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics

Coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics and analysis on the GOV.UK website relating to the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.